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Installing Satellite Radio - Some Tips For You

By: Ron King

Are you thinking about purchasing a satellite radio? There are a few things you should know before installing satellite radio and purchasing the best satellite radio service. Below are some tips that will help you make a knowledgeable comparison between the two major satellite radio companies--XM and Sirius, and settle on which programming and subscription service will best meet your listening needs.

Your location, programming interests and types of radio personalities you like will decide which service you are happier with. XM and Sirius satellite radio services both charge the same monthly fee but offer different products. XM offers over 100 channels of music as well as major league baseball games and talk show personalities. Even so, XM music channels are not commercial free and some talk shows are also broadcast on standard radio.

Sirius satellite radio broadcasts commercial free music channels in addition to sports channels featuring football, hockey and NASCAR, but does not play baseball. Sirius also offers unique radio personalities only available on their station.

Depending on where you live can also settle which would be the best satellite radio service for you to listen to. Although both services cross the entire continental United States, you can live anywhere and pick up satellite radio signals. Keep in mind that some locations come in more distinctly than others, and you should ask around to see if either service is more consistent than the other in terms of delivering quality reception.

Another thing to think about are the type of radios that are sold. Many auto manufacturers offer either XM or Sirius. For instance GM cars offer XM satellite radio, so if you are acquiring a new car you might choose XM over Sirius because it integrates simply with your new car stereo. Your car maker will determine which service they include. Putting a satellite radio in your car is very simple, and if you speak with the pros and use customer service, you'll have no trouble with installation.

If you are considering a satellite radio service, think about the above tips. The best satellite radio service is one that will feature the music and other stations you will enjoy. Installing satellite radio equipment, though relatively easy, should be talked over with an expert so that you install the correct features like a congenial antenna and receiver. Lastly, analyze the channels, read radio reviews and compare the quality of the channels available from both stations. Speak with current subscribers and see which station they like and you will be make the best determination for you and your family.

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